Past Cohorts


  • John Graham

    John Graham served as an officer of HCR ManorCare, a diversified healthcare services company, where he spent over 30 years of his career. His areas of specialization include memory care, general assisted living, hospice, home health, skilled nursing, rehabilitation and physician practice management. Mr. Graham serves as Board President of Mobile Meals of Toledo, a nonprofit social service agency, and is Treasurer of Saint Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. He also serves on the Student Affairs Alumni Advisory Board at his alma mater, Virginia Tech. Mr. Graham earned an M.B.A from the University of Virginia’s Darden School and a B.S. in Management and Economics from Virginia Tech.

  • William Hopkins

    “Tuck” Hopkins served as partner of Barnes and Thornburg, LP. He joined the law firm in 1998, and he served as a member of the firm-wide management committee and in various other leadership roles. Prior to that, Mr. Hopkins was president and an owner of a boutique labor law firm, where he began his career. He has worked with a large number of public and private schools concerning board governance and issues facing education. Mr. Hopkins earned his J.D. from the University of St. Louis and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Jefferson Ko

    Jeff Ko took on various roles in the Global Markets Division of several European banks, and was Head of Structured Products in Wealth Management for Maybank Singapore. He began his banking career in the Philippines before moving on to more senior roles in Singapore, including at ING, where he covered the East Asia region. During his free time, Jeff enjoys playing badminton, scuba diving, and traveling. In addition, he has served as a volunteer mentor to university graduates starting their professional careers. Jeff received his Management Engineering degree from Ateneo de Manila University.

  • David Kostolansky

    Dave Kostolansky served as chairman and chief executive officer of Schaefer Equipment, Inc., a manufacturer of carbon and alloy steel forgings for the railroad and mining industries. During his tenure at Schaefer, he directed product management, marketing and sales, and engineering, as he ascended the organization. He has served on numerous boards for both community nonprofit organizations, foundations and business associations. Mr. Kostolansky earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

  • John Madden

    John Madden served as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of First National Bank and Trust of La Grange, IL, a multi-bank community holding company. During his 50-year career, he also served as chairman of Heritage Bank of Schaumburg, IL, and its holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Madden served military duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, Mr. Madden serves on both the Notre Dame Arts and Letters Advisory Council and the Notre Dame Ireland Advisory Council. Mr. Madden earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Louis Marchioli

    Louis Marchioli, M.D., built one of the largest private medical practices in both pediatric and adult allergy and immunology in Southern California. After a fellowship in allergy and immunology, his patient roster included many severe adult and pediatric asthmatic patients. Because of the large number, he was able to stratify patient phenotypes early on, enabling more precise and beneficial treatments. With the advent of Health Management Organization medicine, he made the decision to remain in private practice in order to give patients the best quality of care. The decision required returning to the speciality of internal medicine and enhancing patient and family contact so that they could understand and be given the proper advancements in medicine with less third-party interference. Dr. Marchioli has served as president of Whittier Academy of Medicine, LA County Medical Association East District and has served on numerous boards and ministries. He has received multiple honors and awards for his service and quality of practice. Dr. Marchioli earned his M.D. from Saint Louis University and his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Kevin Phelan

    Kevin Phelan worked for the Most Rev. Robert Morlino in the capacity of chancellor in the Dioceses of Helena, MT, and Madison, WI. His primary responsibility was developing guidelines and processes to ensure that children and young adults were protected from sexual abuse. He also implemented support procedures for victims and their families and managed the lay staff. He oversaw major projects, including reorganizing parishes, financing the education of priests, and repurposing diocesan property to increase cash flow to diocesan ministries. Prior to this, Mr. Phelan served as chief operating officer for the Services Division of both Lucent Technologies and Avaya, as well as various management positions with AT&T. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy from Regis College in Denver.

  • Walter Piacsek (Associate)

    Walter Piacsek served as partner at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm where he was head of Latin American operations, which he founded. Prior to that, Mr. Piacsek worked for Banco Votorantim, where he served as executive vice president and co-head of Wholesale Banking, and subsequently, as COO. He was also partner, managing director, and head of the Boston Consulting Group in Brazil after starting his career at Citibank. Mr. Piacsek has served on various boards of leading NGO’s in Brazil in public education, development of social investment, and child nutrition. Mr. Piacsek earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

  • Camille Rudge

    Camille Rudge served as the founding managing director and former head of Capital Markets at CIBC Bank U.S. (formerly The PrivateBank), where she established a key strategic business for CIBC’s recently expanded U.S. footprint. Throughout her 30-year career, Ms. Rudge developed ten derivatives franchises across a variety of asset classes including currencies, interest rates, and commodities. Ms. Rudge has been a longstanding board member of both Chicago Children’s Museum and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago while also holding various other chair and executive committee positions. Ms. Rudge earned her M.B.A. from Northwestern University and her B.S. in Computer Science from Bucknell University.

  • Cynthia Sescleifer

    Cindy Sescleifer led a successful career in medical sales with Marion Laboratories in Fort Wayne, IN, and then with Schering-Plough and Beckman Instruments in St. Louis before making the choice to devote her talents to raising her four children. She served as co-director of the Meals-on-Wheels organization in Creve Coeur, MO, and organized many other school- and parish-related engagements and has recently completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Ms. Sescleifer earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Patricia Sigmon

    Pat Sigmon served as founder, chief executive officer, and president of LPS Consulting, an award-winning enterprise resource planning solutions provider. During her tenure Ms. Sigmon served on numerous advisory boards. She is a speaker, lecturer and business author for publications including Forbes, Businessweek, Money, and The Wall Street Journal. Her book Six Steps to Creating Profit: A Guide for Small and Mid-Sized Service-Based Businesses was published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ms. Sigmon earned her B.A. in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

  • Maureen Toner

    Maureen Toner was a founding member and chief operating officer of The Cube (now part of the NFHS Network), a free streaming platform that featured over 4,000 schools worldwide and captured more than 275,000 live events. Her previous experience includes roles at Price Waterhouse and Unitrin (now Kemper). Throughout her career, Ms. Toner was actively engaged in organizations such as Hephzibah Children’s Association, Horizons for Youth, Saint John of the Cross Parish, and The Chicago Lighthouse, where she provided readings of newspapers for vision-impaired listeners on CRIS Radio. Ms. Toner earned her M.B.A. from DePaul University and her B.B.A. in Accounting from Saint Mary’s College.

  • Evon Vogt

    "Terry" Vogt has had a career in a variety of international pursuits. He first worked a decade for Wells Fargo Bank, primarily overseas. Following that, Mr. Vogt joined a private equity investment business based in Rio de Janeiro for a decade and a half. He then became the chief operating officer of an international organization dealing with agriculture and sustainable development, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. After that, Mr. Vogt became director of sustainable conservation finance for the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. He subsequently made an investment in Terra Global Capital, a San Francisco firm promoting sustainable landscapes, mostly in tropical forests, where he maintains an advisory role. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, where he was also coach of the CU lacrosse team. His undergraduate degree is from Harvard in Latin American History. In 1996, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, President of Brazil, awarded Terry with the Order of Rio Branco.

  • Ida Watson

    Ida Watson has held roles at General Motors, Union City Body Co., Control Data Corporation, IBM, and most recently, as co-owner and vice president of public relations for Lexus of Mishawaka and as chief information officer of Brookdale Dodge in Minnesota before that. She has contributed to many local programs and causes, including Celebrating Michiana Women Leaders, the WNIT Executive Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, and the Center for Hospice Care in South Bend, IN. Ms. Watson earned her M.A. in Ministry from Bethel College, her B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan, and an Industrial Engineer Certificate from the General Motors (Kettering) Institute.

  • Martin Whalen

    Marty Whalen served as CEO of Martin Whalen Office Solutions, a third-generation, family owned business providing office machines and document technology to businesses in Illinois since 1936. He has served on numerous boards including HomeStar Bank and Financial Services, Riverside Hospital, the Kankakee Community Foundation, and the United Way of Kankakee County. Since 2016, Mr. Whalen has been an adjunct professor of business with the Moreau College Initiative, which offers credit-bearing college courses that lead to A.A. and B.A. degrees at Westville Correctional Facility in LaPorte, Indiana. Mr. Whalen earned his M.B.A from Olivet Nazarene University and his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.